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Photos from my Workbench – Week 38, 39

Last few weeks have been really busy with Christmas stock for Art in the Heart, new cabinet set up at Corn Exchange Shopping Arcade, Craft events and the forthcoming ESC Artists Exhibition.

I just didn’t have time to update the blog last week so you can see lots of photos of the things I have been making in week 38 & 39. These include Hammed Copper Cuffs, Wire & Bead Bracelets, Copper Trays, Copper Leaf Sculptures, Christmas Decorations from Soft Drink Cans and Colourful Earrings for Christmas.


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Photos from my Workbench – Week 37

It has been another busy week of stock making in my world. Deadline (30th Sep) looming for Christmas stock for Art in the Heart and there are a couple of craft fairs coming up in October as well.

More Earrings

Copper Bangles

Bespoke Buttons for Eve Marshall

New range of Napkin Rings. I have done three sets of 4 so far in different designs, I will make some more.

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Photos from my Workbench – Week 36

Last week was mostly about Earrings and Brooches. Lots of them. Here is the work in progress. Most of these will be going to Art in the Heart in Peterborough for the Gift shop and the Pop-Up event at Queensgate Shopping Centre on 8th October. 

The coming week will be spent in more of the same, plus some bespoke pieces for Eve Marshall and more work on ESC Artists Exhibition pieces.

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New Annealing Pan

Little and Large!

Mr A has made a new 3 litre annealing pan for me 🙂

This will make life easier and I am really looking forward to making larger copper trays, bowls and sculptures. He is also cutting a big wooden block form the logs collected for our wood-burner, which will make hammering the bigger items easier.

New Annealing Pan
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Air-chasing Fun!

Last week I finally gave my new bench vice an outing and indulged in my latest favourite technique. Yes I know I seem to have several favourite techniques, but that is only because coppersmithing is so much fun! Air Chasing is one that is giving me most satisfaction right now.

Air chasing copper requires time and a lot of effort but the end results are spectacular and each piece is a one off! And that’s why I do it 🙂 

Here are a few pictures of some of the steps I went through.

Air-chasing Fun!
6 inches long .7mm copper sheet in the bench vice and textures using the air chasing  method. This will be a one-off copper cuff.
Air-chasing Fun!
After forging and forming the textures I  opened up the cuff pieces using my trusty rubber mallet and filed off all sharp edges and ends.  Two cuffs ready for annealing and shaping.
The two pendants shaped and filed. One is ready for pickle to clean up fire scale, the other still needs a bail added.
Air-chasing Fun!
Pickled, wire brushed and ready for liver of sulphur treatment to give the pieces an antique finish
Air-chasing Fun!
Coppersmithing is messy work! Just out of Liver of Sulphur which has given the pieces blackish coating and darkened the copper. Next, I will take some of that black off. That is what brings out the textures and highlights the copper.
Air-chasing Fun!
It is messy work but it is also VERY rewarding work 🙂 2 cuffs and 2 pendants done and I think they look fabulous!

I look forward to your comments and thoughts on these pieces. Some of these and other air chased copper pieces are available to buy in my online shop, some will be going to stockists.

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Etched Copper Bracelets

Apologies for lack of updates lately. Lots of bespoke work going on which I can’t share yet. My friend Eve Marshall has asked me to make some special copper components for the felt sculptures she is making for her forthcoming exhibitions. There are 5 projects in total. Project 1 and 2 have been delivered. Three more to do, one of which is going to take some thinking about. 

So I took a break from it all and made a few copper bracelets. I have signed up to sell my designs at a gallery (that is a story for another day, probably by the end of this month) and I need to create some new stock to send there. 

I had etched some of my doodles some time ago and had not quite decided what I was going to do with them.

So I cut up the etched sheet into rectangular pieces and discs, brazed copper jump-rings on them and joined them together with wire links. A liver of sulphur patina gives it an antique finish and I am quite happy with the results.

Two of these bracelets will be going to the gallery, one in my online shop once I have taken some pictures.

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Air Chasing Copper

Chasing Over Air

Earlier this year I embarked on a new adventure and learnt about Air Chasing, a technique of forging copper using hammers, daps and a vice. It has given me the opportunity to be daring, funky and original in my creations and I am having so much fun!

The fact that this style is being appreciated and people are buying is very satisfying. This is what I do and my creativity is a means to earn a living too. It is nice to know that the work I do is appreciated.

I put together a little air chasing collage so you can see some of the steps involved in creating this style of work.

Air Chasing Copper

Air Chased jewellery is available to buy in my online shop

It would be lovely to read your comments about this and other posts on my blog. I look forward to hearing from you!

And if you like what you read please do share! Thanks 🙂 

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Just a Card Campaign

Just a Card Campaign

#‎JustACard campaign‬ came about when Artist & Designer SARAH HAMILTON saw the quote “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open” by store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery.

I came across this on twitter recently and it definitely strikes a chord!

Instead of buying cake from the Supermarket go to the local bakery. Instead of buying coffee at a big International Chain go to the little independent coffee shop on your high street. Find a local Jams and Chutney maker Instead of buying big brand mango chutney to go with your poppadums .

For many small businesses the difference between getting paid and not getting paid a wage this week could be that one little sale!

Just a little bit of support to small businesses makes a big difference to them. Independent businesses are not asking for handouts. They are just saying spend a little bit of your shopping budget with the independent local and online retailers too.

Just a Card Campaign

Do visit my online shop here. Just a little gift